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votingselfieOur local library was hosting Early Voting this weekend, so [personal profile] gridlore and I took advantage of the fact this afternoon. (I'm actually registered permanent absentee in the state of CA, but my mail-in ballot disappeared almost the instant I brought it into the house this year...) Voting was open 12-5, and we left the house around 1pm.

I regretted not leaving sooner the instant we pulled into the driveway.

I was just out of frame to the right when Doug took this photo. There were another ~30 people ahead of us just to get into the building, and then the queue doubled back on itself twice before we finally got into The Room Where It Happens. The line was still this long when we left, an hour or so after we first got in line.

One of the women ahead of us was juuuuust skirting the edge of electioneering by wearing a "Not today, patriarchy" t-shirt. Not being quite as confident and/or confrontational, I settled for my Reason for the Season shirt; Doug wore an infantry-themed shirt and was thanked for his service more than once.

Once we got to the front of the queue, the process went quickly enough; we'd made a point of marking our sample ballots before we left the house, so we didn't have to spend any time trying to remember which proposition meant what, which two props cancelled each other out, etc.

As we left, there was a fellow resplendent in Chicago Cubs gear; Doug gave him a "Go, Cubs, Go" (which we both admit is better than our own fight song), and I greeted him with "Hey, Ernie, let's win two!" Which got me a big smile and a "Right?!" in return.

In all, the long wait left us both basically trashed for the rest of the day, but this was well worth the investment of our energy.

Now, we wait.

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Date: 2016-11-06 03:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wild_irises
"Go Cubs Go" is of course, by Steve Goodman, who also wrote "A Dying Cubs' Fan's Last Request" and died himself some 30+ years ago, at the unripe age of 34. Some of his ashes were scattered on Wrigley Field.

When the Cubs started to do well this year, I noticed that I was more than vaguely interested. I like live baseball (and radio and TV post-season baseball), but I don't tend to have a rooting interest in any sport. When the post-season got going, I discovered to my surprise that I really cared, which I don't think has ever happened to me before. When I dug down to figure out why, because I cared much more than "root for the underdog," I found my memories of Steve Goodman concerts, and the fact that his team made the post-season the year he died, but he wasn't there to see it. If I was in Chicago, I'd probably be writing his name on that memories wall by Wrigley.

As for voting, I'm an antediluvian who votes in person on Election Day, so I'll get there early and hope the lines are tolerable.

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Date: 2016-11-05 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browngirl.livejournal.com
Now we wait.

*hugs you*

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Date: 2016-11-06 01:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ashbet
Thank you for getting out there and doing it, although I wish it hadn't been so exhausting!

Kira and I got our mail-in ballots out the door the same day we received them (Oct 27), so hopefully that will get our votes counted properly.

Now we wait.


-- A <3


Date: 2016-11-06 05:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] charlottesmtms.livejournal.com
Thank you both, for voting! <3

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Date: 2016-11-07 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bergeronprocess.livejournal.com
Hahah, I totally saw someone literally in a Hillary logo shirt when I early voted. No one really seemed to care. I do recall in 08 being asked to remove an Obama pin from my purse.

You did a lot better at prep than I did!! I thought I'd done well but then out of the 4 ballot questions we had, plus one for our county, I was only really totally confident about one of those. We get a lot of those "well, the wording makes it sound like you should vote yes, but you shouldn't" questions here and one this year concerns public schools, so I focused mainly on that haha.

I'm watching a Ducks game right now and have seen ads for propositions 53 and 56. How many propositions are there? The ad for 53 shows a bit of sample ballot where you can also see a 52 and 54.
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